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Big Sky IPA | Big Sky Brewing Company

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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA
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Big Sky IPABig Sky IPA

Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” These bold, assertive moments deserve a bold, assertive beer – Big Sky IPA. A distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride.

65 IBU

Added by beernut7 on 08-18-2002

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Ratings: 1,178 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of calmond72
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Mattamue
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/expire date.

a Creamy-tan head. Lacing clings to the glass like the surf retreating from the beach. Very subdued carbonation, could count the lines of bubbles and there is less than a dozen. Burnt amber, translucent.

s Citric notes on par with hops resin. Apple and cheddar. Sweet malt in the background.

t Pear and apple up front. Hops bitter herb middle of the taste and the aftertaste.

m Watery light body. Easily tasted and re-tasted. Very dry.

o Not impressed with the appearance. Surprised by the taste. Held back again by the thin body. Would recommend, would choose another IPA for myself for regular drinking.

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Photo of mtlasley
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of mdimeglio
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of depechemode1983
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a hazy copper/bronze color. The head is 2 1/2 fingers and off-white. Its dense through the middle but has a foamy looking crown. Retention is excellent and lacing is superb.

S - Has a strong bitter piney smell up front but balances out nicely through the middle with sweet malts and tropical fruits. Mainly pineapple and ruby red grapefruit.

T - A little light on flavor. Mostly you get bitter pine and grapefruit rind. A little mono toned on the taste. Not too bad though.

M - Almost medium bodied. Carbonation is nice. Kinda bubbly. No complaints.

O - Just slightly about average. Very simple and straight forward.

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Photo of amnesia85
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Cheet577
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of hoplover82
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear amber color with a full/medium creamy persistant off white head that leaves extremely strong lacing in it's trails down the glass.

S-The aroma is beautiful of citrus fruit and a noticable amount of earthy pine from the hops. And the malts are mild and caramel like along with some soft bready notes in the back.

T-The flavor is much like the aroma with notes of pine and citrus fruit up front and a strong bitter presents in the finish I get a soft hint of caramel and fresh baked sweet bread. There are some fruity esther notes from the yeast as the beer warms. The hops are up front as they should be. Very nice interpretation of the style.

M-It has a full, chewy yet creamy body. And a slightly dry/bitter finish that lasts for a long time.

O-Overall I was suprized by this beer. I wasn't expecting it to be this good, but it is. And I highly recommend this beer to any hop lover like myself. Cheers everyone!

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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of keenanite21
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ericjubeck
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Pat
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle as a gift for helping out a friend recently. Best by 4-12-12.

Beer poured a clear orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral, citrus, and mango.

Taste is some mango with a grapefruit rind finish.

Feel is quite smooth for the style, malt backbone lends to a smooth finish. Carbonation is fairly light.

Overall i like this ipa. It is solid in all aspects and almost at a sessionable abv. I have had it at a few tailgates-very enjoyable!

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Photo of irrgalaxy
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Dark amber color, with significant amounts of red for an IPA. Significant head with fairly large bubbles.

S: Crisp, hoppy aroma.

T: Smooth taste, not overly hoppy as the aroma would have you believe. Nice finish on the middle of the tongue.

M: Regular.

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Photo of ChiefPelz
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of RDW
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tourdot
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of whahappened27
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of GeoTravel
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Big Sky IPA from Big Sky Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,178 ratings
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